Shopping in the Italian capital offers various and exciting opportunities to pamper yourself. From high-end fashion to the idiosyncratic and individual, everything and everything is available for those who want to do some damage on their credit card. When you return to a luxurious design hotel in Rome laden with bulging shopping bags, this is one of the true pleasures of a visit to this beautiful city!
Via Condotti is the main street of the city for luxury shops; many of the top designers have their empire here. All major Italian houses are present, including Fendi, Valentino, Armani, Gucci and Bulgari. The maze of streets that have been traversed from the famous Spanish Steps (a tourist attraction in itself) will satisfy the wishes of a devoted follower of fashion. Ferrari has its official merchandise outlet on Via del Corso, the main street that runs at the foot of the Spanish Steps, and you can buy everything from cheap mugs to watches and sunglasses. Also along the Via del Corso you will find shops for less expensive labels such as Bottega Veneto and North Face.
Antiques and second-hand objects
There is no denying that this is an expensive city and that it might be a struggle to find a bargain, but searching among the offers in Dal Papa Re, in the district of Trastevere, can to help you with that. Dal Papa Re specializes in antiques from the 18th and 19th century and a keen eye can detect a real treasure.
For art lovers, Carlo Virgilio on Via del Lupa is well worth a visit; they have drawings from the 19th and 20th century at reasonable prices that would make a fantastic souvenir. You may even be lucky enough to see your Rome design hotel in an original drawing (although it looks very different, of course!).
If secondhand clothing is more your thing and you could see yourself in the iconic way of the 1950s or 1960s, visit Abiti Usati on Via del Governo Vecchio; sniffing between the fashions of yesteryear you could encounter a classic outfit. If the 30's are your period of choice, the place to visit is Mado in the same street – where in the cozy setting you will find beautiful pieces that the current Italian grandmothers wore in their youth.
Like all cities Rome has an eclectic mix of markets and sells everything from daily necessities (such as fruits and vegetables) to bargains on the flea market. The Campo de & # 39; Fiori has a daily food market where you can buy beautiful fish in addition to typical Italian tablecloths and kitchen utensils. The Porta Portese is the city's main flea market and is located in the Trastevere district, probably within walking distance of your design hotel in Rome. New and second-hand clothes are on sale alongside terracotta replicas of old decorations. It is difficult to find a real bargain, but an hour or two walking around the market is a nice way to spend a morning (this market is held on Sundays from 6.30 am to 2.00 pm). For antique books, prints and engravings you must visit the Mercato delle Stampe, which is located in Largo della Fontanella di Borghesa and is held every morning except Sundays